Want to see Dr. Corinne Johnson play a 90-year-old drunken woman? Did the question even need to be asked?!
Look no further. You can see Johnson at Iowa City's Riverside Theatre's production of "The Cripple of Inishmaan. Written by Martin McDonagh, it is a wickedly dark comedy about a teenage orphan in an excitement-starved Irish village stirred into a frenzy by the arrival of a Hollywood film crew. Johnson's character is Mammy, who has a bad temperament and is very vulgar.
Along with playing a character 40 years her senior, a challenge Johnson faces is the Gaelic accent that her character speaks. Fortunately for Johnson, SAU Alum Andrew Harvey '07 currently is writing his graduate school thesis on this play and sent a CD that has a 90-minute audio of native speakers from the Aran Islands (the locale of the play). Johnson is using him as one of her resources for the play.
"The cast is exceptional and it's a big challenge to keep my work at that level," Johnson said. Also, performing five shows a week 60 miles away, being chair of the theatre department, and everything else that her work entails creates a challenge. Johnson says, "You know, I'm not 20-years-old anymore... OBVIOUSLY not, because I just got cast as a 90-yearold. Geesh!"
This is a great opportunity for Johnson because it gives her the chance to keep her acting chops up and keeps her researching in her discipline. Her favorite moment in the play is her line, "Like a cat with a worm up 'er arse."
Johnson is thrilled to be able to role in a show written by her favorite playwright.
The performances are October 28-November13. Reservations can be made by calling Riverside Theatre at 319/338-7672.
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